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Blue Flax

Linum lewisii

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-2.5' × 4-6"
Flowering Season April-September
Flower Color Blue, lavender, or white
Minimum Temperature Range -40 °F
Leaf Description Thin leaves which ascend nearly in parallel to the stems.
Fruit Waxy brown seeds inside of a dry melon-shaped capsule
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Elevation Range 3500-11500 ft.
Description Blue flax is well suited to cool, high elevation gardens throughout Arizona. The long bloom window and tolerance for a variety of habitat types makes this a reliable choice for wildflower beds, or blended in to combinations of shrubs, or prairie style gardens. Flowers are most often blue but can be lavender or white, seeds are born in melon shaped capsules which dry and split revealing tiny brown seeds. Blue flax has the potential to reseed, forming dense patches in favorable conditions. This species is especially effective when interplanted with native bunchgrasses and prairie wildflowers.